SOCIAL, HUMANITARIAN, AND CULTURAL COMMITTEE

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Protection of International Journalists

TOPIC B: Treatment of Prisoners

Nayef Yassin

Dear Delegates,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to SOCHUM at ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Nayef Yassin and I am beyond excited to be your Chair for the conference! I look forward to working with you on what will be, with your help and dedication, the best committee at ILMUNC this year.

First, let me tell you a little more about myself: I am originally from Ramallah, Palestine, where I lived the entirety of my childhood. I am currently a junior in the School of Engineering, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship. I have been very interested and active in Model UN ever since the beginning of my high school days, and I would say that that experience has definitely played a huge role in shaping my character and would encourage you all to treasure Model UN, especially those of you who are passionate about debate, social change, and politics! I strongly recommend that you all come well prepared for this conference and take advantage of this great opportunity to debate, converse, learn more, and have a lot fun.

Mark & I, along with the rest of the fantastic ILMUNC team have been working together to ensure that you have an extremely fun, productive, and beneficial experience in the conference and in our committee. We are eager to answer all your questions and respond to all your requests.

This year we will be covering two very important and interesting topics, that I will especially be very happy to hear you discuss for four days: Protection of International Journalists & Treatment of Prisoners. These two topics are some of the most important and controversial international issues affecting all nations today, and I strongly encourage you to check out our background guides and look more into the topics even beyond just the guides to have a good understanding and display your knowledge and debate skills in the committee! You should never hesitate to email me, Mark or your fantastic USG Aiden if you have any questions or want communicate with us for any reason regarding the committee or the conference in general, our main goal is that you have a great and memorable experience, and I look forward to meeting you all and making that happen!

Best

Nayef Yassin

Chair, Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Mark Steiner

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC! It is my proud privilege to welcome you all to a conference that every year proves to be an enriching experience for lovers of Model UN across the nation and world. I am certain that the work of the secretariat and staff will show at every turn, and that the sessions spent in committee will prove to be valuable memories and serve to inspire your pursuit of MUN for years to come.

Let me tell you about myself. I come from the mean streets of Long Island, a large suburb of New York. After leading my High School MUN team, I came to the University of Pennsylvania and settled in with the International Affairs Association. I am on the secretariat for UPMUNC, the Collegiate Model UN conference that takes place every year in the fall. As for academics, I’m set to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2020 with a major in Political Science and a concentration on International Relations. I really enjoy my field of study, but when I have some time outside of class, I enjoy sitting down with a novel, practicing my guitar playing, and working on my standup comedy routine.

I love SOCHUM because it concerns itself with people. Our topics for this conference are the protection of international journalists and the treatment of international prisoners. The United Nations exists to promote security and freedom for individuals worldwide. Few other committees can claim to deal so directly with the protection of vulnerable individuals the way SOCHUM can. This makes our committee sessions a noble exercise.

I hope you are as excited to bring these topics to life as I am. I look forward to meeting you all at conference.

Regards,

Mark Steiner

Moderator, Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference